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Affective Activism. The feeling of belonging in transgender communities

Applicant Nay Yv Elvin
Number 177757
Funding scheme Advanced Postdoc.Mobility
Research institution Institut für Politikwissenschaft Universität Wien
Institution of higher education Institution abroad - IACH
Main discipline Sociology
Start/End 01.08.2018 - 31.05.2020
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Sociology
Political science

Keywords (7)

Gender and Queer Studies; Affect Theory; Transgender; Politics of affect; Political mobilisation and activism; Sociology of social movements; Transgender Studies

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Affektiver Aktivismus - Gefühle als grundlegende Kraft in politischen Gemeinschaften am Beispiel von Transgender
Lay summary
Das vorliegende Projekt untersucht politische Initiativen von und für Transgender/Trans*, d.h. Personen mit nicht den herrschenden Normen entsprechenden geschlechtlichen Lebensweisen. Insbesondere im vergangenen Jahrzehnt haben transgender Aktivist*innen vermehrt auf weitverbreitete und vielfältige Formen der Diskriminierung von Trans* aufmerksam gemacht. In der Folge wurden vielerorts innovative rechtliche Regelungen für die Anerkennung des selbstbestimmten Geschlechts eingeführt. Das Projekt untersucht Transgender Aktivismus als soziale Bewegung mit dem Ziel, neuartige Formen politischer De/Mobilisation und alternativer Arten und Weisen der Bildung von Gemeinschaften von Aktivist*innen zu erörtern. Der Fokus auf darin beinhaltete Affekte und Emotionen bildet der Ausgangspunkt, um bisherige Auffassungen, was soziale Bewegungen, Gemeinschaften und politische Intervention sind, neu auszuloten.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 18.12.2017

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Publications

Publication
Homonormative und nationalistische Politiken des Fortschritts in Debatten um nicht-hegemoniale Familien und Ver-wandtschaft
NayYv E. (2019), Homonormative und nationalistische Politiken des Fortschritts in Debatten um nicht-hegemoniale Familien und Ver-wandtschaft, in GENDER - Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft, 11(2), 41-55.
The Atmosphere of Trans* Politics in the Global North and West
Nay Yv E. (2019), The Atmosphere of Trans* Politics in the Global North and West, in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, 6(1), 64-79.
A Queer Family's Longing for Belonging: Heteronormativity Beyond Antinormativity
NayYv E. (2019), A Queer Family's Longing for Belonging: Heteronormativity Beyond Antinormativity, in Sehlikoglu Sertaç, Karioris Frank (ed.), Rowman & Littlefield, London, 171-184.
Das ‘Kindeswohl’ im Rahmen von ‘Regenbogenfamilien’-Politiken
NayYv E. (2019), Das ‘Kindeswohl’ im Rahmen von ‘Regenbogenfamilien’-Politiken, in Zeitschrift psychosozial, 41(151), 79-88.

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Vorlesungsreihe Pflegewissenschaften Individual talk Trans* Health 11.03.2020 Chur, Switzerland Nay Yv Elvin;
Trans*Formationen. Ringvorlesung Individual talk Zugehörigkeit(en) in Trans*-Aktivismus 19.12.2019 Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany Nay Yv Elvin;
Interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung: Einführung in die Geschlechterforschung Individual talk Transgender Studies 09.12.2019 Universität Basel, Switzerland Nay Yv Elvin;
Konferenz der Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung Schweiz Talk given at a conference The Bio- and Necropolitical Foundations of Transnational Trans* Politics 12.09.2019 Universität Bern, Switzerland Nay Yv Elvin;
European Conference on Politics and Gender Talk given at a conference The Bio- and Necropolitical Foundations of Transnational Trans* Politics 04.07.2019 University of Amsterdam, Denmark Nay Yv Elvin;
Konferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft DGfE) Talk given at a conference Rechtliche, politische und pädagogische Aspekte von Transgender/Trans*Elternschaft 24.05.2019 Universität Lüneburg, Germany Nay Yv Elvin;
IPW Lectures Individual talk Affektive Gemeinschaften und Politiken der Zugehörigkeit 20.05.2019 Universität Wien, Austria Nay Yv Elvin;
Affect and Gender between Academia, Arts and Activism. Genealogies–Methodologies–Normativities Talk given at a conference Activism and Affect 09.05.2019 Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Nay Yv Elvin;
Queer and Trans Reproduction: Co-Producing States of Parenthood, Race and Nation?, Talk given at a conference The Biopolitics of Transgender Reproduction 25.04.2019 Uppsala University, Sweden Nay Yv Elvin;
Lecture Series Deep Dish, Transgender Studies Research Cluster Individual talk The Ambivalences of Trans* Activism as a Global Project 19.02.2019 Tucson, Arizona, United States of America Nay Yv Elvin;
National Women’s Studies Association NWSA annual conference Talk given at a conference Revolutionary Atmospheres? Affective Trans* Politics in the Global North 08.11.2018 Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America Nay Yv Elvin;
5th Nordic Transgender Network Conference “Activism, Resistances, Alliances" Talk given at a conference Activism in Discomfort – Decolonising Trans* Politics? 25.09.2018 Karlstad University, Sweden Nay Yv Elvin;
10th European Feminist Research Conference „Difference, Diversity, Diffraction: Confronting Hegemonies and Dis-possessions” Talk given at a conference The Political Imaginary of Affective Atmospheres 14.09.2018 Universität Göttingen, Germany Nay Yv Elvin;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Frauen im Theater - bunt. Diskriminierung und Toleranz von Familienstrukturen Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 10.01.2020 Bern, Switzerland Nay Yv Elvin;
Familienbande – wenn Familie anders geht Talk 07.11.2019 Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich PHZH, Switzerland Nay Yv Elvin;
Love Trans*formations Talk 28.06.2019 Les Complices*, Zürich, Switzerland Nay Yv Elvin;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: radio, television Cuntrasts: discurs cun Yv E. Nay RTR Radio e Televisiun Rumantscha Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland Western Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Papa, Daddy, Kind Der Bund German-speaking Switzerland 2018

Awards

Title Year
Visiting Professorship in Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria Gastprofessur für Politikwissenschaft, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien, Österreich 2019
Visiting Fellowship, International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies GEXcel, Karlstad University, Sweden 2018

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
168679 Affective Activism. The feeling of belonging in Transgender Communities 01.02.2017 Early Postdoc.Mobility
186643 Affective Activism. The feeling of belonging in transgender communities 01.06.2020 Return CH Postdoc.Mobility

Abstract

This project titled "Affective Activism. The feeling of belonging in transgender communities" examines the recent extensive transnational political activism of transgender people - those expressing variance from gender-conforming norms. Transgender persons are increasingly visible, with unprecedented media coverage of transitioning celebrities; gender-non-conforming characters and performers in mainstream culture; and rising social movements to end violence against gender-variant people. This has increased politicians’, legislators’, and the publics’ awareness of the challenges facing transgender persons, prompting the drafting or adoption of innovative legislation on gender recognition in various jurisdictions. From a social science perspective, the large-scale changes achieved by transgender activists and their allies are remarkable. This project explores such transgender activism, which swiftly expanded from predominantly local dimensions to increasingly global social movements with transnational impact. This project provides a general account of the force of affect and emotions in building activist communities and political mobilisation, and a particular account of social movements involving transgender people. Focusing on affective activism, this project thereby contributes to the reconsideration of existing notions of political mobilisation, activism, and social movements in the social and political sciences.
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